MAC Stadium An iconic symbol of Chennaites , MAC holds a special spot in the hearts of cricket frenzy fans.
History of the stadium
Established in 1916 by Madras Cricket Club this stadium is second oldest stadium in India after Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Named after M.A. Chidambaram, a former BCCI President, formerly known as Madras cricket Club ground affectionately known as Chepauk stadium.
Situated in a total area of 7,52,000 Sqft along side of Marina Beach of Bay of Bengal. Cooum river runs tangentially to the North side of stadium and adjacent to Cheapuk MRTS Railway station on the eastern side.
Soil & Drainage system
The top soil has 70% sand followed by another layer of pure sand which makes it a fast drying ground. The ground possessed perforated PVC pipes that have been laid all around the square and in a herringbone design. The pipes slope outwards to that rain water gets collected into the drain which has been built across the boundary line area. With such a robust drainage system in place, conducting matches is not difficult.
The first ever Ranjit Trophy match was played here in 1934 between Madras & Mysore when A.G. Ram Singh, left arm spun Mysore team within a day on November 4, 1934 to set up a victory for Madras team.The first test match was played here in 1934 when England team led by Douglas Jardine (” Bodyline “series (in)famous captain) played its 3rd Test of the series here . Our team was led by Col. C.K. Nayudu tasted its defeat by 202 runs despite Amar Singh, the medium pacer bowling his heart out.
INDIA’s first Test Win
India scored its first ever Test match win here in 1952 when Vinoo Mankad spun India to victory by an Innings and 8 runs with his left arm tweaks with his 12 wickets haul.
- Gundappa Viswanath’s fighting knock of 97* in 1975 against West Indies. Their bowling attack spearheaded by Andy Roberts, who took his career best of 12 /140. After Vishy’s gallant knock, Indian spinners won the Test for India.
- India had their moments of forgettable performance in 1976-77 series against the visiting England, when their batting reached its nadir being bowled out for just 83 runs, their lowest in Chennai. England’s bowler John Lever was accused of using Vaseline to shine the ball. That accusation was inconclusive and Indian Captain Bedi bore the brunt by the English Press and he also lost his English County contract.
- Sunil Gavaskar’s fighting knock of 236 *, his career best, batting at No.4 position against West Indies in 1983
- Sachin Tendulkar’s 3 centuries which ended in India’s win at the hustings, viz., 1993 against England, 1998 against Australia and 2008 against England.
India’s 759/7 declared is highest for India in Tests. It was achieved during 2016 series of visiting England team. A young Karun Nair scored India’s second batsman to score a triple century ( 303 *) along with another youngster K.L. Rahul ( who scored 199 runs) made a heavy weather of England’s hapless bowling attack and set up an Innings victory for India.
India’s 387/4 in the 4th Innings of a Test became the Highest successful chase in a Test in India in 2008 when Sachin Tendulkar scored a brilliant century
Narendra Hirwani, the Leg spinner on his debut here in 1987 took 16 wickets against West Indies to set up a win for India. The SECOND TIED test was made here in 1986 between India & Australia
Virendar Shewag scored India’s First Triple Century ( 319 Runs). It was also fastest triple century in Tests scored off 278 balls in April 2008 against South Africa.
M.S. Dhoni, the captain scored a scintillating double century in 2013 against Aussies to become the only Indian wicketkeeper to do so.
The home ground of franchise owned Chennai Superkings (CSK). CSK is a popular brand synoymous with Chennaites has won the IPL titles 3 times with M.S. Dhoni, the Captain, leading from the front on many occasions in a winning cause. Though CSK was mired with controversy for betting charges and banned for 2 years in 2016 & 2017, it is still a favourite IPL team .
India did well in ODIs also here. 23 ODIs were played here including World cup matches in 1987, 1996, 2011 and Afria & Asia XI matches. India won 7 matches out of 13.
- The first ever ODI was held in 1987 during the World Cup. India hosted Australia and the ODI went like the Tied Test ( in 1986) way when India needed 2 runs in the last ball and the same last man Maninder singh facing that ball. And he was bowled by Steve Waugh and India lost by 1 run in a world cup and Australia went on to win the World cup for the first time.